Candlelight vigil planned for FAMU students killed in car crash

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 10, 2018

Alfred Motlow III and Aniya Brown

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday for two Florida A&M University students who were killed in a car crash over the weekend.

Alfred Motlow, 19, and his girlfriend, Aniya Brown, 20, were among three people killed when a speeding vehicle crashed into their car on Friday in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Friends tell us the couple was returning to Tallahassee after spending time with family over winter break.

A vigil to honor Motlow and Brown is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 11 at the Eternal Flame on FAMU's campus.

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A fiery crash in Tennessee killed two FAMU students over the weekend.

Alfred Motlow, 19, and his girlfriend, Aniya Brown, 20, were killed while traveling back to Tallahassee following winter break.

The crash happened Friday night in Shelby County, Tennessee. Authorities say a speeding car crashed into the car Motlow and Brown were in.

The news sent shock waves across FAMU's campus.

"I just broke into tears. I had to call a few more people to confirm it. I just broke into tears after that. It was just unbelievable," said Jamal Noble, Motlow's big brother in Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Kameron Lewis pledged with Motlow. He says it was the fraternity that joined the two together at FAMU.

Lewis says Motlow pledged to follow in his late father's footsteps. The 19-year-old just became a member in November.

"To hear that he passed so soon. One thing that gives me relief is that he's now with his father, the Omega Chapter. I'm just glad that he made it. That tells me that God made sure that he at least became a member of Omega before seeing his father again," Lewis said.

"All you can do is just cry because you really don't want to believe it," said Alphonso Robinson.

Robinson knew Motlow from FAMU's Big Brother Little Brother Program.

"He was definitely a passionate individual. That's pretty much all I can say. Everything he did he took it serious. He had a certain pride about it, even if it was the smallest thing," Robinson said.

"I know he doesn't want me to be sad, but it's going to take a while," Lewis said.

Friends say Brown was friendly and a go-getter like her boyfriend.

A vigil will be held on campus Thursday. The time has not yet been determined.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) --- Two students at Florida A&M University were killed in a car crash in Tennessee over winter break.

19-year-old Alfred Motlow III of Memphis, Tennessee, and 20-year-old Aniya Brown of Bensenville, Illinois, were among three people killed Friday night in a car accident in Shelby County, Tennessee.

According to the university, Motlow and Brown were both sophomores majoring in engineering.

FAMU released the following statement Sunday night:

"University officials would like to extend heartfelt condolences to their families and friends and offer support to relatives and the FAMU community through the FAMU Office of Counseling Services."

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